Wendy’s restaurants have been associated with an E. coli outbreak now reported in six states, with 97 people contaminated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A drive-through lane at a Wendy’s quick meals restaurant is pictured in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on Nov. 5, 2017. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA — Wendy’s restaurants have been associated with an E. coli outbreak now reported in six states, with 97 people contaminated, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned in an replace Thursday.
Of the 67 people for whom native public well being officers have an in depth meals historical past, 81% reported consuming at a Wendy’s restaurant in the week earlier than their sickness began, the CDC mentioned.
The states the place the sick people dwell embody Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
No deaths have been reported, however in response to the CDC, 43 people have been hospitalized and 10 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a severe situation that may trigger kidney failure.
“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses,” the replace mentioned. “In addition, some people recover without medical care and are not tested for E. coli.”
So far, no particular meals has been confirmed because the supply of the outbreak, in response to the CDC. In late August, nonetheless, Wendy’s eliminated the romaine lettuce that was getting used in sandwiches in its restaurants in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, in response to the CDC.
The CDC will not be advising people to keep away from Wendy’s, and the company notes there isn’t a proof that romaine lettuce offered in grocery shops or served in different restaurants is linked to the present outbreak.
Those who’ve E. coli signs, like diarrhea and a fever over 102 levels, extreme vomiting or indicators of dehydration, ought to name their well being care supplier instantly, in response to the CDC. They are additionally urged to write down down what they ate the week earlier than and report their sickness to their local or state health department.
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